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Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail Tires

The Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires represent the latest iteration and next generation of Pilot Road evolution. Designed to deliver maximum safety in most conditions especially on wet roads and in particular when braking, Michelin's goal is to cover all riders in all conditions. Touting both enhanced safety and extended tire life, the Pilot Road 4 tires are a tangible illustration of Michelin’s Total Performance strategy of constantly and simultaneously improving tire performance characteristics across the range.

The Pilot Road 4 tires will be available in three versions, the standard PR4, PR4 Trail for enduro and ADV bikes that are primarily ridden on-road and the PR4 GT for heavier, touring bikes. The Pilot Road 4 GT tires are already the OEM choice for the new BMW R1200RT.

Superior wet-weather performance

  • Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires stop shorter in the wet vs. the leading competitive sport touring tires and Michelin Pilot Road 3

Longest tread life in its class

  • Up to 20% longer tread life than Michelin Pilot Road 3 tires

Dependable grip even in challenging conditions

  • 2 Compound Technology with all new silica-charged rubber compounds for excellent grip from 23°F to 113°F
  • New XST+ siping and enhanced tread patterns for optimum grip at all lean angles

Three separate versions available

  • Pilot Road 4 for all-around sport touring use
  • Pilot Road 4 GT has a stiffer casing with a patented new technology for motorcycle tires that delivers the stability you need for heavier GT-class bikes while riding solo, two-up or with luggage, and the comfort you desire
  • Pilot Road 4 Trail for adventure touring bikes ridden exclusively on the road




Among the long list of motorcycles introduced at EICMA, we just noticed one that slipped by at first, the brand new Brough Superior SS100. It's quite the bike. It's been a work in progress for a long time and we can imagine there was a lot of planning and debate within the company before launching a new model carrying the name of the most famous Brough Superior of all time.

The new SS100 exhibits the extremely high quality craftsmanship plus high end components and materials you would expect of the name and it has a certain visual connection to the legendary classics, but as a motorcycle, I'm not sure what to think of it. Is this what the Brough would have been if it had survived all of these years and continued to evolve or is this a modern recreation of sorts based on the famous name with enough visual hints to make you feel like it's a true descendant?

The custom designed engine is an 88 degree V-Twin DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, water and oil cooled of 997cc displacement and available in configurations from 100 to 140 horsepower. Dry weight of the SS100 is a very svelte 395 pounds. The frame is steel and titanium with an aluminum and magnesium alloy swing arm, shocks are from Ohlins and it looks like the front suspension is a Hossack derivative. Brakes are Beringer, with 4 ceramic discs.

The SS100 is designed as a very limited production model and will be followed by a whole series of Brough Superior models "which aims to become the new reference in technology, performance and distinction," according to their website.

Based on everything we see here it will be rather unique and certainly very expensive. I think it has the look of a highly engineered and finely crafted Swiss watch and should probably be thought of in much the same way, as a high end luxury item, more so than just another motorcycle.

How well it lives up to the functional goals laid out by the company will be something to be determined over time. How well it fits into the legendary history of the marque is another matter altogether and sure to be hotly debated.


According to the latest report issued by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more than 46,000 motorcycles in the U.S. were reported stole in 2012 with more than 20% of those being Hondas. Here are the findings of the latest motorcycle thefts report.

The NICB report, which was issued today, shows that 46,061 bikes were stolen last year – that’s a 1% decrease on the 2011 figures of 46,667 – with Honda motorcycles topping the list at 9,082, Yamaha 7,517, Suzuki 7017, followed by Kawasaki 4,839 and Harley Davidson 3,755.

The NICB is a non-profit organization that was created in 1992 to monitor and detect insurance fraud and crime. It has a membership of more than 1,110 insurance companies across the U.S. and this latest report on 2012 motorcycle thefts is the result of data submitted by its membership.

In 2012, California was the state where the most motorcycle thefts occurred with 6,082, followed by Florida at 4,110, Texas 3,400, North Carolina 2,574 and Indiana 2,334.

However, in terms of the largest number of thefts by city, New York topped the list with 903, Las Vegas 757, San Diego came in third with 633, Indianapolis 584 and Miami 535.

Analysis of the NICB’s figures for 2012 unsurprisingly revealed that most thefts occurred during the summer months – July was the highest in 2012 with 5,529 bikes reported being stolen.

The figures also showed that while around 59% of all motor vehicles stolen are actually recovered, only 39% of bikes are ever seen again. This is due to the fact that many stolen bikes are chopped for spare parts that are then re-sold or, according to the NICB’s report, stored away for a number of years before being re-sold.

For further detailed information on the NCIB’s 2012 Motorcycle Theft and Recovery Report, read the full report here.